Academic journal article Military Review

Raiders of the China Coast: CIA Covert Operations during the Korean War

Academic journal article Military Review

Raiders of the China Coast: CIA Covert Operations during the Korean War

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RAIDERS OF THE CHINACOAST

CIA Covert Operations During the Korean War, Frank Holober, Naval Institute Press, Washington, DC, 1999, 288 pages, $32.95.

A major US concern during the Korean War was the possibility of China entering the conflict. No one in the United States wanted to get involved in a land war in Asia against the vast numbers of combatants that China could, and eventually did, send into the fray.

To prevent China from sending troops into Korea, the United States supported anticommunist guerrillas on mainland China and used Chinese Nationalist troops to raid the Chinese coast. It was impossible for the United States to officially sanction these activities because doing so would have been tantamount to declaring war on China. Therefore, support for these activities fell under the purview of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The CIA opened a "front" company named Western Enterprises Incorporated (WEI) and staffed it with US Army and Marine Corps officers who were "discharged" from the military then "hired" by the WEI. …

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